The New Jersey legislative panel investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closings plans to call 13 more people to testify, including one of Governor Chris Christie’s top political advisers, according to a committee memo.
Mike DuHaime, a Westfield Republican, is among the witnesses the committee plans to hear from during four hearings next month, according to the memo obtained by Bloomberg News. The list also includes Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, a Democrat who had questioned whether the September traffic tie-ups were retribution for his failure to support Christie’s re-election.
Christie, who won a second term in November, has denied that he played any role in the intentional lane closings. Questions of who ordered the traffic jam and why have hurt Christie’s approval ratings and tarnished his prospects for a 2016 White House run. The closings also are being investigated by U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman.
The investigatory panel, which is led by Democratic Assemblyman John Wisniewski of Sayreville and Senator Loretta Weinberg of Teaneck, has already issued subpoenas seeking e-mails, correspondence and phone records to those in the list.
Others being called to testify include Patrick Foye, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which runs the bridge; Paul Nunziato, president of the Port Authority police union; Philippe Danielides, former adviser to former Chairman David Samson; Phillip Kwon, deputy general counsel at the agency; Regina Egea, head of Christie’s authorities unit at the time of the closings; Deborah Gramiccioni, who replaced former Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni; Nicole Crifo, an attorney in Christie’s authorities unit; former Christie aide Evan Ridley; Christopher Porrino, chief counsel; former chief counsel Charlie McKenna and Paul Matey, Christie’s deputy chief counsel.